Peace community – Pledge Peace Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:24:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Peace community – Pledge Peace 32 32 Sidney Poitier and me – in Milwaukee and New York Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:12:29 +0000

By Richard G. Carter
As a Milwaukee-born black journalist and vintage film enthusiast who kept the notes of all my important interviews, my first exposure to black film actors was, as an inexperienced youth, the sassy 1943 “Stormy Weather.” It featured wonderful singers and dancers in non-threatening roles. I didn’t see 1939’s “Gone with the Wind” — starring Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel — until one of its reissues years later.

So among the highlights of my long career was my welcome discovery of the great and serious Sidney Poitier – who has just passed away at 94. It happened in his sensitive but strong role as a young South African minister in 1952’s ‘Cry the Beloved Country. And I remember it like it was yesterday.

I told Sidney – years ago – that I had been even more impressed by his work as an idealistic doctor in 1950s “No Way Out”. -black girls sneering white racist mobster, Richard Widmark, who taunted him and called him a “nigger”.

“How did you feel about that? I asked Sidney, during our close and personal interview with the 1963 Milwaukee Star, after he appeared at the Strand Theater on W. Wisconsin Ave., in the local premiere of his Oscar-winning role in “Lillies of the Field”.

“Widmark was a great actor and a really nice guy, and he wasn’t racist,” he told me. “In fact, Widmark apologized to me during a break in filming. I told him to forget, we were just playing. I then said that while I loved his work in ‘Lilies’, I much preferred him in more challenging roles – eliciting a smile.

As for my mother, Juanita Carter, I added, she loved you as Walter Lee Younger and, in particular, Claudia McNeil as your mother, in 1961’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” Mrs. Carter has always said she saw herself in Claudia, whose work she really admired.

“Oh, yeah, I can relate to that,” Sidney said. “Claudia was remarkable. She embodied the strong matriarch of the Black family and helped me and the rest of the cast – Ruby Dee, Diana Sands and Lou Gossett – be so much better.

In 1988 – during our New York Daily News hotel interview – I said my favorite role for him was in the tense 1965 Cold War drama, “The Bedford Incident.” In it, he played a noted magazine writer, co-starring again with Widmark.

His answer: “Why do you like it so much? Most people who interview me say they prefer “The Defiant Ones”.

“Of course you were great in that one,” I said, “and so was Tony Curtis. “You’re right,” Sidney said, commenting on the 1958 breakthrough Black-White buddy film. “Tony was a very underrated actor.”

“But as a black reporter who struggled to make it,” I said, “I think I identified with your role as a reporter in ‘The Bedford Incident’ and, in particular, the way which you pressed Widmark – the pro-war captain of a nuclear navy ship. You really took him for him.

“Thanks, man,” he said. “And by the way, I remember you in Milwaukee in 1963. I have a long memory.”

Before closing, I mentioned that I recently ran into her boyfriend and frequent co-star, Harry Belafonte, walking along Madison Ave. “He looked great, and so do you.”

In conclusion, I said, “By the way, I still wonder why, at 28, you played a teenage high school student in ‘Blackboard Jungle’ in 1955.”

“Me too,” he laughed.

Rest in peace Sydney. You were the best.

Richard G. Carter, native of Milwaukee, is a freelance columnist

Coalition buys former KKK headquarters in Fort Worth to create community arts and healing center Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:14:49 +0000

The towering, dilapidated brick building on the north side of Fort Worth was once the Texas headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan, a legacy that Turn 1012 N. Main St. wants to reverse. The coalition of associations bought the former Cave No. 101 auditorium with plans transform it into Fred Redhead Center for Arts and Community Healing, named after a black butcher who was lynched by a white mob in Fort Worth in 1921.

Fort Worth has a history of racism that he never considered, then this building becomes an opportunity,” says Daniel Banks, chairman of the board of directors of Transform 1012 and co-founder of the arts and services group DNAWORKS, which is based in the city. “It was built to remind Hispanic, Black and immigrant residents on the North Side that they were under constant surveillance, that they had no agency.”

He says interest in the project is already helping to achieve his goal “around conversations about privilege and white supremacy and resources and opportunities and access. These are all conversations just by the fact that the project is the low.

A conceptual rendering of the Fred Rouse Arts and Community Healing Center, which a coalition of nonprofits called Transform 1012 N. Main St. plans to build in the former Ku Klux Klan’s Texas headquarters in Fort Worth.(Concept rendering by MASS Design Group / Courtesy of Transform 1012 N. Main St.)

The previous owner donated some of the cost, according to Banks, but he won’t say how much Transform 1012, held in 2019, ended up paying. An offer at the time to stabilize the building, bring it up to code, was $1.62 million, he says. The essential costs to make it the coalition’s vision are approximately $35 million. This does not include soft costs like design.

The vision is wide, to include representation space; artistic training; social services; exhibition, meeting and living/working space for artists and entrepreneurs in residence; and an agricultural and craft market.

“I envision a hub where all of Fort Worth can come together, where every cultural group feels a sense of belonging, of being seen, represented and heard,” Banks says. “This is a large-scale healing opportunity.”

In addition to DNAWORKS, the coalition includes groups such as LGBTQ SAFEGUARD, the Opal Lee Foundation, SOL Folk Ballet and Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice. The money to buy the building came from Charitable Rainwater Foundation, Atmos Energy, the National Endowment for the Arts and other funders.

The Ku Klux Klan's former Texas headquarters, located on the north side of Fort Worth, has been purchased by a coalition of nonprofits who plan to turn into a community arts and healing center.
The Ku Klux Klan’s former Texas headquarters, located on the north side of Fort Worth, has been purchased by a coalition of nonprofits who plan to turn into a community arts and healing center.(Timothy Brestowski / Courtesy of Transform 1012 N. Main St.)
Kamryn Patterson and others with Jack and Jill of America Northeast Dallas Chapter participate in the 27th Annual MLK Parade and March sponsored by the NAACP Garland Unit on January 16, 2016.
Matthew Roberts, member of the Bruce Wood Dance Company, in choreographer Adam W. McKinney "Promise me you'll sing my song."
1840 painting by JMW Turner "Slave ship (Slavers throw the dead and dying overboard, the typhoon is coming)" depicts the ruthless cruelty of the slave trade.  (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Henry Lillie Pierce Fund. Photograph: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Planting Seeds Int’l Anniversary Event Raises $ 10,000 to Support Community and Educational Efforts in Guatemala Wed, 12 Jan 2022 06:36:29 +0000

Content of the article

Two decades of community development and educational work in Guatemala started by Pembroke residents Susan and Richard Schmaltz, and which now continues through Planting Seeds International, were celebrated at an event last month.


Content of the article

The social distancing 20th anniversary event took place at the Pembroke Best Western Inn and Conference Center on the afternoon of December 12 and saw supporters from across the Ottawa Valley come together to celebrate past successes and hear about future plans while raising $ 10,000 for the cause.

This cause was started in 1999 by the Schmaltz who, after retiring from their educational careers in Pembroke, moved to Guatemala to help educate children in the poorest region of Guatemala City. During the first two years, Richard led teams to build houses for poor families, while Susan established preschools and trained teachers. In the evenings, they would cook up to 75 lunches a night and roam the dangerous streets to feed the homeless. They partnered with Safe Passage, an organization working with the poorest of the poor at the Guatemala City landfill, and set up a child care program on land adjacent to the landfill. The non-governmental organization (NGO) developed by the Schmaltz was called Oneness Through Service – Guatemala and revolutionized the educational process for impoverished Guatemalan children by replacing the traditional practices of copying, rote learning and memorization with practices self-initiated, practical, activity-based learning centers. In 2017, Oneness was renamed Planting Seeds International when the Schmaltz resigned and returned to live in Pembroke. Shannon Moyle from Ottawa and Mac Philips from Chicago stepped in as co-executive directors of Planting Seeds.


Content of the article

Richard said that since 2004 a steady stream of 100 people from the Ottawa Valley and others from Edmonton, Calgary and Halifax, have all traveled to help in various capacities with their initiatives in Guatemala, including by building enough furniture for 23 classrooms including not only tables and chairs. but more elaborate projects such as reading centers and water tables.

“The Ottawa Valley has been such an amazing part of Susan and my trip. I can’t tell you how important it was for us to have the support of the Ottawa Valley, ”said Richard. “And different people from all walks of life, all professions, different interests but they shared a common interest, they wanted to make a difference and they did. They brought down friends, parents, their kids, their spouses… so it was contagious on a level that involved many people.

Susan said the support of people here over the past 20 years has been truly inspiring and that Planting Seeds International only exists because of supporters who care about a largely forgotten group of people who are suffering in another part of the world. .

“What has been accomplished over the past 20 years is so beyond our imagination, so beyond our skills, beyond our education, it’s totally beyond belief,” a- she said, adding that every time they said “yes” to the mission, everything fell into place.

She called the transformations she witnessed in Guatemalan children grandiose.


Content of the article

“My fundamental belief is that we must teach children from an early age to love themselves and care for others. They must be able to think, problem solve, and create, so that they can lead their generation into a whole new way of being in this world – a way of freedom, a way of peace, a way of love. Susan said. .

Moyle, from Ottawa, who has known Richard and Susan all her life, began working with them as a professor at Planting Seeds in Guatemala in 2006, where she witnessed Susan’s methodology and philosophy every day. .

“I saw children learn, I saw them play and I think the most beautiful thing I saw was the children’s love for learning. They were so excited to come to the school, which I thought was about Susan’s methodology a lot, ”Moyle said. “The philosophy of Planting Seeds is based on love. It’s about developing the whole child – physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and that’s the goal of all of these programs.

Moyle told supporters at the event that the next big project for Planting Seeds International is building a community center.

“I would say there is a 99% chance that we will innovate in 2022; we have the architects, we have the help, we have the construction workers, we have the design, we have everything; we’re just waiting for that last permit, ”Moyle said.

Other new initiatives for 2022 include an expansion of snack programs at two early childhood program centers, monthly nutrition workshops for parents, and a pilot for a Go Boys program, similar to Planting Seeds’ existing Go Girls program. , which emphasizes values, communication and goals.


Content of the article

Moyle called the funders of Planting Seeds’ work a huge support system for her and with their incredible support the organization was able to enrich the budget for 2022 to reach more children and more people.

“Every time I see the Ottawa Valley team, I get my energy back,” said Moyle. “I think something we have to be really, really thankful for is the fact that we’re all here, together, 20 years later. It really warms my heart. We can’t all change the world, but if we can be that person for someone else, where they know they can count on you, they know they can come to you, they know they can trust you … to be that person, what else can we ask for.



Postmedia is committed to maintaining a vibrant but civil discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour of moderation before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications. You will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, if there is an update to a comment thread that you follow, or if a user that you follow comments. Visit our Community rules for more information and details on how to adjust your E-mail settings.

This Detroit coalition hopes to boost efforts with community inquiry Tue, 11 Jan 2022 05:02:05 +0000

As pastor of City Covenant Church, a small church in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit, Pastor Semmeal Thomas has previously had difficulty mobilizing resources to help his congregation and the community at large. Then, about ten years ago, Thomas started working with an organization called the Brightmoor Alliance. The collaboration would help her church community center, Mission: City, are taking their efforts to serve local residents to the next level.

“We are constantly working with the Brightmoor Alliance,” says Thomas. “If anyone needs a meal, they’ll refer them to City Covenant Church. They sent us funding sources. They sent us volunteers. They used their platform to market the things we did. have done. ”

The Brightmoor Alliance intends to ask how it can best serve the neighborhood and organizations like its own, according to Thomas. And the impact they have had is amplified by the thoughtful deliberations the alliance takes in doing its work. In 2012, the alliance carried out a needs assessment called Restore the ‘Moor which has helped City Covenant Church and other partners better target their support efforts.

“Often we don’t have data [about the neighborhood], and the Brightmoor Alliance brings these resources to our community, ”says Thomas.

This assessment helped Thomas broaden his knowledge of the neighborhood and develop new programs in areas such as financial literacy and career development.

Today, the Brightmoor Alliance and Mission: City are stronger than ever thanks to this work. And the coalition continues to work in partnership with local groups and residents to improve the local neighborhood, while undertaking a new community survey.

Gather Brightmoor

Founded in 2000 to address issues such as high crime and vacant land, the Brightmoor Alliance is now a coalition of over 50 local organizations dedicated to serving their local community. Rev. Larry Simmons, pastor of Baber Memorial AME Church is the organization’s executive director.

Now a predominantly black neighborhood, Brightmoor is a place foreigners sometimes associate with rusting, high crime and abandoned homes. With a average household income slightly above the poverty line at $ 36,135 (according to 2010 census estimates) residents faced both negative associations and income challenges. To help address these concerns, the Brightmoor Alliance acts as a facilitator and gap filler that connects the neighborhood to resources.

“Our driving ethic is that people have power. Not that they are given power, but they are power, ”says Simmons. “We facilitate and recognize the use of this power.”

One of the ways the alliance helped facilitate this neighborhood power was to form a gardening network. In collaboration with 31 neighborhood club partners, he identified people interested in being part of the network and distributed materials for the construction of raised beds as well as flower and vegetable seeds. Today, the gardening group is responsible for 135 flower gardens and nearly 40 community gardens.

Trena Ross is one of the block club leaders who have been involved in the gardening effort. A resident of the neighborhood since 2012, she began attending Brightmoor Alliance community meetings soon after moving to the area. After finding out that the alliance was helping to create block clubs, she decided to start one in her own block.

“The Brightmoor area where I live had a lot of vacant lots and a lot of run down houses, so I thought it would be good to come together to get things done,” says Ross.

Her positive experiences in this community work with the Brightmoor Alliance eventually led her to join the staff of the organization as a Community Organizing Specialist. She is now heavily involved in the alliance’s monthly food distribution program, which takes place at Gompers elementary-middle school and helps organizations like Mission: City feed hundreds of people each week.

Walk the wisdom of Brightmoor

However, the Brightmoor Alliance does not rest on its achievements alone. He also looks to the residents to see how he can improve his job. In an effort to capitalize on the impact that Restore the ‘Moor had about the community in 2011, the Brightmoor Alliance is currently conducting a new community survey called the Brightmoor Wisdom Project.

“This is part of our work at the Brightmoor Alliance and others who want to help the community concentrate its power,” said Simmons.

The new investigative effort focuses on four main areas: food, which deals with both quality and availability; shelter, which will cover both access to land and peace in the community; Clothes; And hope. Since April 2021, the alliance has been recruiting volunteers, consulting with the community, and researching Restore the ‘Moor, which they call “revisiting the vision”. The main objectives of the Wisdom Project are to identify the activities that the community identifies as essential and to help the community to “concentrate its power”. This is something that the organization certainly has previous experience with.

For example, a few years ago the community recognized that a lot of school-aged children were in the neighborhood during the day when they should be in school. Brightmoor Alliance took this information and worked with 482 Forward, a Detroit-based educational justice network, to organize and advocate at the city and state levels for the issue of chronic absence in Brightmoor.

And at a community meeting at Leland Baptist Church, residents discussed their concerns about early childhood development, saying they wanted to be more active in their children’s developmental growth outside of school. . Brightmoor Alliance has launched the ‘six a day’ project, which targets six things parents should do with their children every day: cheer and hug, read and talk, sing and play.

“Someone informed me the other day that he was now being promoted overseas. In Germany, they took over the six-a-day project and they are reproducing our six-a-day in German, ”explains Simmons. “It started in Brightmoor… that’s why Project Wisdom is so important; it stems from our consultation and interaction with the community.

Volunteers working on the Brightmoor Wisdom Project were divided into teams based on one of the four areas of the survey. They collect information, or “wisdom,” in a variety of ways, including social media posts, resident interviews, and public meetings. Other tasks include: writing grant applications, arranging meetings, and inviting others to participate. Volunteers do not need to be residents, as the alliance is also open to help from community allies.

At present, the progress of the Brightmoor Wisdom Project has been delayed since early November, in part due to the sudden death of local community leader Jonathon Clark. But surveying efforts are expected to resume this month.

Based on the alliance’s tentative timeline, a project-based report is expected to be completed in April this year. Simmons is looking forward to this moment, so he and other local leaders can learn more about what concerns residents.

“The community has wisdom,” he says. “And if leaders and decision-makers just consulted the wisdom of the community, it could go a long way.”

Resilient Neighborhoods is a feature story and engagement series that examines how Detroit residents and community development organizations work together to strengthen local neighborhoods. This is made possible by funding from the Kresge Foundation.

Funding for the young people of Newham to carry out community projects Mon, 10 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000

8:00 a.m. January 10, 2022

The Newham Council partners with the Recorder to celebrate the Year of the Adolescent until February 2022 – celebrating the achievements of young people and highlighting the services and support available to them.

Newham Council’s Year of the Youth helps nine young people carry out community projects to improve the lives of other young residents.

At the end of 2021, the Youngest in Charge (YIC) project, an initiative funded by the Newham Council, Newham Training Hub and HeadStart Newham, awarded funding to a group of young people to carry out their own community health and wellness projects.

James Kaguima, who will lead Skate Cabal – Roll in peace, said: “Stratford was once the central base for all roller skating in London.

“My project will bring back that legacy, reviving the vibrant culture and community.

“It will also improve the mental health of young people through increased social interaction, physical activity and social networking with new friends who share an interest.” “

James Kaguima wants to bring “the legacy of roller skating” back to Stratford
– Credit: Newham Council

Project 22 is Iman Sheriff’s podcast project, which focuses on topics affecting young Somali adults.

Iman said: “The idea is to normalize discussions on taboo topics, to discuss them in today’s light as a young person and to value our experiences as young Somali adults growing up in the West with struggling parents. with language barriers.

Amari Webb-Martin will lead a dance project called Perspectives, which he said explores “different perspectives of personal injustices due to identity and how it affects the well-being of those affected.”

He added: “Using dance and spoken art forms to impart this enables young people to develop healthy methods of mental resilience, confidence and self-esteem and transferable skills such as discipline, creativity and problem solving. “

Jesse Idike developed a project called Space 4 Me.

Jesse said, “It’s a space for my age group to learn together, make friends, go out to be safe. Since I have autism, there are so many things I would love to do but cannot do on my own.

Other YIC-funded projects include Football and a Healthy Newham by Tahmid Hussain; Composing Instrumentals, a musical project by Malachi Lee Brown and Aspire to Inspire by Gerrard Onyia, which will support young budding entrepreneurs.

Jesse idike

Jesse Idike’s project is called Space 4 Me
– Credit: Newham Council

Effecting Change Through Art by Dominique Francis and “ATW” by Loreen Allick, based on the art of cooking and food education, were also funded.

In addition to the money, the young people will benefit from supervision and training to implement their projects.

Hymn Notes: Peace Be On Earth | Community Sun, 09 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000

It’s a song that I hate to love.

What do I mean by that? It’s a song that I love. I grew up with it. I memorized it and sang it with passion. The people in my church loved it. It is a song that uplifts the human spirit. It touches our hearts. It makes us hot and blurry. It inspires us. The music is pleasant and dynamic.

But I hate. It is egocentric, anemic theologically at best, and downright wandering, heretical or blasphemous at worst. Yet, because it is ingrained in our church culture, indiscriminate people can easily be subjected to false doctrines.

So, I hate it; I hate that I love him.

This song rears its ugly head every few years. He was executed at the 9/11 memorial service a few years ago, and then a few years later the world was again thrilled by the ungodly demonstration of a man in Washington who thinks he is god , hosting another man (the Pope) from South America who thinks he is god, to bring peace and love to the world among the Gentiles who do not care about God. This song should never be sung in church.

PEACE BE ON EARTH is a BAD hymn. It is liberation theology. He anticipates the glorious end of the earth when all people live in love and drink Coca-Cola as they “teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”

He deifies humanity. The premise of the song does not start with God; it starts with me. This heavenly peace on earth is achievable because, if each of us simply devoted ourselves to the goal, we could get there.

It smacks of universalism. I hate to tell it to you but, contrary to the words, God is NOT the father of all men, and we are NOT all brothers. God is the Father of his elect and Satan is the father and god of all the others. So as a Christian, as much as I can try, I cannot walk together in perfect harmony with unbelievers.

And what about this so-called peace? Is this peace really meant to be? What does it mean? Who did he want it? Was it God? If so, why don’t we have it? Maybe God is powerless and we have to do His work for Him. If we don’t do it, it won’t happen.

This song is classified as a Christmas song, possibly because of the phrase “peace on earth”. But when the angel appeared to the shepherds and declared “peace on earth; goodwill towards men, ”he didn’t just express a pasty Hallmark sentiment. He said that with the advent of the Messiah (God’s good will towards men), we can now be at peace with God. This peace was realized at Calvary; it is a done deal and it is demonstrated by the fact that God does not kill us all but, instead, has provided a means for sinners to be reconciled to Him. And someday Jesus Christ will return, take His throne, and rule over all the earth for 1000 years of peace. He will do it ; we can not. And no matter how hard he tries, King Obama or any other world leader can’t either.

Lyrically, it’s a lousy Christmas carol and terrible, unbiblical Christian hymn, but other than that it’s a great musical composition. Please can someone write better lyrics? Until then, let’s keep it out of our churches.

Ralph M. Petersen and his wife, Kathy, own the OLDE TOWNE EMPORIUM at 212 E. Main St. in Rogersville. Comments are welcome. You can contact him at or by phone at (951) 321 9235.

The hockey community mourns the loss of a high school hockey player who died Thursday in Greenwich Sat, 08 Jan 2022 04:30:26 +0000

On Friday, the hockey community in New Canaan, Greenwich and beyond mourned the loss of St. Luke’s Grade 10 student Teddy Balkind. The 15-year-old died Thursday after sustaining an injury during a JV hockey game at Brunswick School’s Hartong rink in Greenwich.

During the game, the teenager fell on the ice and his neck was cut when a Brunswick player collided with him.

After the incident, gambling was stopped, 911 was called, and the Balkind was taken to Greenwich Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

In a sort of hockey tradition, families in the hockey community have placed hockey sticks outside their front doors in honor of the Balkinds.

The Greenwich Skating Cub issued a statement which read in part: “Hockey in our region is a tight-knit community and many players from both teams have played in our organizations over the years and will need support as well. Although we may not begin to understand the pain and suffering of immediate family and close friends and family, we are all in pain and send our love, thoughts and prayers to all affected.

“Teddy skated for the New Canaan Winter Club throughout his career as a young hockey player and was known to everyone as an amazing young man, son and brother,” New Canaan Police said in a Facebook post. “The men and women of the New Canaan Police Department extend our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Balkind family and all those affected by this tragic incident.”

New Canaan Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi said in an email to the school community that many New Canaan students are friends with the boy and his family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the entire St. Luke community,” Luizzi said in the email. “May you find strength and peace during this difficult time. “

The NHL shared a post on Twitter Friday night with the hashtag #sticksoutforTeddy

Professional hockey player Cam Atkinson, from Greenwich, posted on Twitter on Friday with a photo of a hockey stick outside a front door.

Greenwich High School Hockey, New Canaan High School Hockey and Brunswick Hockey all paid tribute to Balkind on Twitter on Friday.

Original story:

Tragic accident at Brunswick hockey game leads to death of player

]]> Three dead, houses set on fire as shepherds ransack Ondo community Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:13:42 +0000

No less than three people were reportedly killed when gunmen suspected of being Fulani herders on Thursday invaded the community of Molege in the local government area of ​​Ose in Ondo state.

The armed men allegedly attacked the community following the residents’ refusal to let the shepherds graze on their farms.

After the attack, a source said shepherds razed community buildings overnight as villagers fled.

The source said: “The shepherds in large numbers attacked the community in the evening and killed three people. A few hours later that night, they set fire to the houses in the community.

Another source said the bandits also attacked and injured men from the Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as the Amotekun Corps, who had settled in the community to calm the crisis.

Ondo State’s Amotekun Corps commander Akogun Adetunji Adeleye said the herdsmen attacked his men as they patrolled the community.

Adeleye said: “During a routine patrol in Molege, our men were informed that some neighboring villages of Molege have been taken over by shepherds as they burn down some people’s properties.

“We moved in with three patrol vehicles and took control of the situation in the village. On the way home, men believed to be shepherds suddenly opened fire on our men in an unprovoked attack because Amotekun did not want to start shooting people.

“We are trying to find out who they are while the investigation is underway. We urged the residents of the community to return home as peace returned to the village. ”

Likewise, Ondo State Police Commissioner Mr. Oyeyemi Oyediran, in a statement by public relations officer Ms. Funmilayo Odunlami, said he visited the community on Friday for an assessment. on site to determine the level of damage.

The statement, which also confirmed the attack, said the bandits set fire to many houses.

The statement read: “The PC during its visit to the scene met with members of the community, encouraged them, allayed their fears and vowed to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the act accordingly. perverse.

Oyeyemi immediately deployed men from special squads and PMF personnel to the community to ensure the protection of lives and property in the area.

Copyright PUNCH

All rights reserved. This material and any other digital content on this website may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without the express prior written permission of PUNCH.

Contact: [email protected]

But connect: what it means to be a community Thu, 06 Jan 2022 19:30:42 +0000

Marie brownhill

Game Industry News publishes the best blog posts from people writing about the game industry. Articles here may originally appear on Marie’s blog, Fan Collective Unimatrix 47.

“… But to connect” serves as a sort of midseason finale as Discovery will be on hiatus until February 10, and the episode is almost painfully self-aware. It ends with an unsurprisingly cliffhanger ending, but despite its obviousness, what’s interesting about “… But to connect” is what it has to say about the larger thematic arc of the game. community of the season and how those ties affect the way the Federation handles a crisis. In this sense, the episode not only sets up the main plot challenge, but also reinforces the main metaphor of the season – DMA as a replacement for the pandemic. I suspect resolution will be everything Trek, but the growing rift between Book and Burnham troubles me. Will we see Burnham lose Book because of his need for revenge? Will she be able to persuade him to understand the Federation’s position? At this point, only time will tell, but judging by the social media divide over the past couple of years, I’m not sure I have any hope.

Plot Ahoy!

“… But To Connect” challenges our characters to explore what it really means to be a community, and it does so by juxtaposing the Federation conference with Kovich’s investigation into Zora’s sensitivity. . Interestingly, the authors chose to pit the macropolitics against the intimately personal, but the final conclusions here are mostly the same.

Diplomacy and DMA

While the Discovery is undergoing repairs following the events in the Subspace Rift, President Rillak has appealed to heads of state across the quadrant to come to Federation headquarters to discuss what to do do about DMA. She tempts them with the tantalizing information that the Federation has the coordinates of extra-galactic origin for DMA, and most of the necessary parties agree to participate. Rillak also asks Burnham to be there to represent what Rillak’s really best interests are since she has to remain impartial for political reasons.

The usual suspects make the usual arguments. Earth united with Titan under a single government organization after the events of last season, but their newfound peace did not dampen Earth’s paranoia at all. Earth is arguing for the creation of an armada to combat what is clearly a hostile threat. Ni’Var President T’Rina argues for a diplomatic approach given that no one really knows what DMA really is. She argues that it is entirely possible that Species 10C did not create DMA to be a weapon, and even if so, there is no guarantee that their technology would place the races in the Alpha quadrant advanced enough to pose a real threat to a species that has created a deadly anomaly.

As talks continue, Ruon Tarka walks up to a book bubbling with rage that delegates seem to be considering diplomacy and reminds him to pick the right time to try and convince them otherwise. When the assembly meets again, Tarka listens for a few moments and then proposes his own solution. Tarka explains that he has a way to destroy DMA, but that method requires the use of an isolytic burst, which is a type of artillery prohibited by the Khitomer accords due to the damage it causes to the sub -space. Tarka shrugs his shoulders in characteristic boredom and Burnham expresses his horror.

Rillak requests a break during which Book chats with Tarka who reveals that he wants the DMA power source in order to jump into universes to join a friend from his Emerald Chain lab. Tarka reminds Book that he has emotional capital he could spend to change some hearts. Book takes up the suggestion, and once recess is over, he begs them as the last survivor of Kwejian to destroy the DMA. However, Burnham’s counter-argument turns out to be more effective and the assembly votes in favor of attempting peaceful first contact with 10C species.

Zora and Stamets

A board Discovery, Kovich is investigating Zora’s sensitivity. As Adira and Gray plead with her to stay aboard the ship, Stamets reacts with deep suspicion, citing her experiences with Control. He explains that he cannot trust Zora not to put his interests above those of the crew. He stresses his refusal to give up the original contact details as proof. Zora offers a compromise and creates a fail-safe device that will effectively kill her in the event the switch is flipped. Everyone in the room but Stamets reacts with almost visceral disgust. Stamets seems ready to accept his offer, but Culber tells him that he cannot hold the life of another sentient being above them for cooperation.

Stamets talks to Zora, explains her fears to her, and between them they decide that trust will be needed. However, this trust must be extended to each other, so Stamets destroys the safety net. Zora reveals the contact details and agrees to join Starfleet and abide by the same hierarchy that governs everyone on the ship. Stamets asks Kovich what he would have done if Stamets hadn’t overcome his fears. Kovich shrugs and tells him that he would have transferred Stamets out of Discovery, and Stamets agrees that would have been the right choice.

With everything seemingly resolved, Burnham goes in search of Book but finds Grudge in his quarters with a note from Book. Book left with Tarka to destroy DMA, betraying Burnham. He asks her to take care of his daughter.

To analyse

“… But to connect” is a lot, but it is not subtle. At one point, the episode cuts between Burnham and Stamets making their respective arguments, almost finishing each other’s sentences. This is really the heart of the episode; the assembled delegates as well as Stamets and Zora agree to move forward together in peaceful cooperation. Because it is Star trek, we know this is the right choice for everyone involved, but Discovery does not allow this choice to be inconsequential. Burnham makes his point knowing that Book won’t agree with her, but she always does so in the hopes that he will understand. Book, however, isn’t sure they can ever overcome this particular difference of opinion, and the episode leaves them in very different places, literally and metaphorically.

Burnham insists on adhering to the principles of the Federation, but more importantly, she reminds delegates that these ideals encourage them to be the best version of themselves. In this case, that means not acting out of fear and lashing out just because they have been injured by DMA. It means trusting diplomacy and science to help them get through this crisis. The book sits on the opposite end of the spectrum. He is crushed under his grief and guilt, and the destruction of the DMA not only means that he will avenge his losses as culturally appropriate, but also that no one else will suffer the same devastating losses as him. Therefore, for him, the decision to destroy the DMA, to hell with the consequences, is an easy decision. Additionally, the episode means for us not only to understand why he makes the choice he makes, but also to empathize with his impulse while remaining aware that it is still the wrong choice.

I mentioned above that this season is treating DMA as a metaphor for COVID, and “… But to connect” really doubles the comparison. We know that AMD is deadly, unpredictable and devastating. It arises out of nowhere and affects a large number of beings and accumulates an obscene number of deaths in its wake. The parallels to the virus spell out on their own, but for the first time, we’re really starting to see the characters break down into all-too-familiar lines. Burnham and the Federation want to pursue an information-based community strategy to deal with AMD in which everyone is doing their part. Book and Tarka reject this approach and prefer to act on their own instincts and information.

Trek as a franchise has a long, long history of using the metaphor to explore not only current events but difficult moral topics as well. From “A Private Little War,” which commented on the Vietnam War, to “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” describing the self-defeating nature of racism, to “Past Tense,” which served as a scathing commentary not only on racism, but also the criminalization of homelessness. Discovery follows in an august, albeit imperfect, tradition in using allegory to explore such a sensitive subject. While so far the allegory has been mostly painted with a wide brush, the writers really want to leave the audience something to think about during the hiatus, and I think they’ve succeeded. Plus, I especially like that they have skillfully woven into the thematic fabric of the season the tools with which the characters can address DMA, and those tools are firmly intertwined with Trekcommunity focus and DiscoverySeason four emphasizes connection.


Three cups full of Earl Gray tea, a saucer and a refill

Stray thoughts from the sofa

  1. You all. Book left Grudge with Burnham. He has no plans to return after destroying the DMA. On the one hand, it’s really, really stupid, but on the other hand, I appreciate that even though he doesn’t know where their relationship is at, he loves her enough to leave Grudge with her.
  2. A note on Tarka, his motives are as selfish as expected. Of course, I think for him that the Emerald Chain probably killed his boyfriend, so he wants to escape his universe and all its evils. There is just something so inherently weak about jumping into a universe in order to avoid dealing with its issues.
  3. Stamets shows remarkable personal growth here, and I love that he understands how to trust Zora. I like it even more that they conclude that Zora is less of an AI and more of a whole new life form. I also really liked that she didn’t turn out to be Skynet but instead created her own guidelines to look after her family. It’s a nice way to flip the trope on his ear.
  4. I also loved how the episode brought back a lot of familiar faces, not just from this season but the last. General Ndoye was a nice touch, even though she was as hawkish as one might expect.
  5. T’Rina continues to be the best. That’s all.

Three local leaders give their thoughts on the coming year | Community | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music Wed, 05 Jan 2022 06:06:11 +0000

Shirley Sessions

Mayor, Town of Tybee Island

“The only constant is change… Whether it’s changing from 2021 to 2022 and beyond, the only thing we are sure of is that there will be change. I learned the importance of adapting to this change and making it work in a positive way and recognizing that you can only change yourself. You can only change the way you react to other people and situations. This is something that I hope to do better in 2022.

“In 2020, we were all so excited for the New Years… Then the pandemic happened and everything in our lives changed. We had to realize that we had no control over anything but how we adapt to change and how we accept it. We have learned to embrace change and how we view challenges. Personally, I have learned to see challenges as opportunities. Because that’s what I saw in 2020 and 2021, opportunities that we had to create for ourselves. And in 2022 there will be new disguised opportunities and new challenges. ”

“I look forward to days like this (wonderful day on CoCo’s patio in Lazaretto Creek). I can’t wait to do what I can to encourage people to be positive and instead of focusing on what they don’t have. And I’m a big believer in trying to be the change you want to see. When I hear growls, even on Tybee, I try to encourage people to look at all we have and look beyond the Lazaretto Bridge. What can you do to make Tybee better, to make Savannah better, to make our country better. And sometimes it’s a change in your own attitude.

“I can’t wait to listen to music and be able to listen to live music outdoors and look forward to having lunch with friends and family again and looking forward to traveling again.”

“There is a lot to look forward to! Here on Tybee, we’ll be celebrating our 135th anniversary as a city. I look forward to working with the board, our staff and our residents to plan a big party for Tybee in October. So I look forward to the parades and look forward to the rallies and look forward to having fun again. We’ve taken it for granted for so long and now we’re slowly going back and hopefully 2022 is wide open for fun and festivities, safely celebrated with our new normal.

Van johnson

Mayor, City of Savannah

“I look forward to Savannah finally overcoming COVID and restoring our new normal and can finally evolve in our new environment. I think we have been changed forever. I think hand sanitizer and masking to some extent will forever be a part of our vernacular along with booster shots and vaccinations…… But I also hope we pay more attention to our health and to our safety and I look forward to it. . ”

“From this (pandemic) we’ve learned what Savannah Strong really is. We have seen people do wonderful things, take care of their neighbors and that is what Savannah is all about.

“I look forward to the third year of my first term as mayor. We did some great things in the first couple of years, even in the midst of a pandemic and I just can’t wait to be healthy, stay calm, keep my peace and really move forward. . ”

“And I can’t wait for people to be nicer. I think (because of social media) people have gotten mean and we don’t have to be like that. I think the new seat at our table should be filled with kindness, respect and empathy. And I also hope to add these seats.

Rebecca Benton

Mayor, City of Pooler

“I hope the city will continue to move forward with all of our projects. And that the One Chatham haulage tax will be passed in the spring for necessary road improvement projects. Without it, there won’t be a lot of money to work on road projects. And that the city continues to progress as it has.

“I have been a member of city government for 18 years, 16 on city council and two as mayor and we have the best employees we’ve ever had in Pooler. I hope we can keep these great employees.

“I hope we can all work together. We just need to be united as the United States and to work together for a common goal for all. Most people respect the rights of others… We only see the bad side in some media… ”

“I’m ready to get COVID under control… And I can’t wait to travel again. I planned a trip to the south of France with the South Carolina ETV. I’ve done some of the best trips with ETV and hope COVID is under control (in 2022) and we can travel again. ”